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Strike bulletin. (Clinton, Ill.) 1913-1915, June 10, 1913, Image 3

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Our courage and enthusiasm in the strike
situation is mounting higher and higher each
day, while the stock of the struck roads keeps
sinking lower ami lower. The so-called white
scabs are becoming disgusted, and arc quitting
because of the many imposition* heaped upon
them by the foreman, and the company is till
mg their places with black scabs. The blacker
the scabs, the better they are liked.
A disastrous freight wrc. k was narrowly
avoided when a car ju*t ahead of the cat*oose
jumped the track and lore tilings up generally,
delaying a htinrh of stock men and frightening
them almost to death There are now 14 dead
engines in the round lioii^e lore, and many
more lying dead in the yards One Will I'lace,
an r\ engineer, and now a scab, was nearly
drowned in the cinder pit It required stren
uous efforts i.n the part of the scab rescuers
to extrai t bun from the mini ami water There
are n**w only 20 crews working on the east
end. while before the strike there were H2
Aoiither consignment of tuggers has arrived
here to do the seal* act The I* C. special
train pulling the Waterloo Mllno*ter»" required
all the a"btancr the petty management could
give it helorc it could he g**t out of town. It
was surely a joke to see the scab* and bosses
jumping around the engine at the de|»ot on an
occasion of this nature, and it was fully demon
strated that they are strictly up against it
I hr company has lost nearly all the fruit bus
iness on the west Kngine 1072 fell down on
tram 402 before getting out of town, which
delayed the tram f»r some tune, but not much
was hist, a* tin* tram, like the rest of them,
doe* not carry enough passengers to pay ex
pen ‘I s
'1 hr situation here is becoming worse for
the company Rolling stock is getting **> rot
ten that it cannot g« t over the road. R<>ad
inen are much di**ati'fie<l with conditi- ns to
which they are subjected, some ni them saying
that the company is trying t<> agitate a dis
turbance among them Hut there is no dan
ger of anything like this, f.*r they will d » just
as they are ordered by the company. They
are s,, devoid of principle as to let scabs come
right in and go braking on the road, and when
they all"W this, *e think they will stand for
anything There is not much doing m the pas
senger department ami everything is looking
blue for the hull pen imps.
Wt are mi the trail nf the railroad com
panies and will never give up until wre have
them hacked into a corner wrhere they will
have to recognize our union. The road men
tell us that condition, on the road have be
come ,o deplorable a. to pas. human com
prehension All the boya are working for the
tucce.s of the dance which we are going to
pull off on the 13th of June, and it i* needless
to mention that it will be a success. We have
a good picket line and a fighting army Trains
are running late, and the pickets are keeping
the scab, on the run.
The company ix having its troubles here
Theer are six dead engine* in the round house
and one of the scabs ran an engine through
the round hou-c wall, which caused a little
more excitement 1 ngine 11*24 blew out a cyl
inder head, engine 1827 is out of commission
ami s«i is No. (<>l, because of the lack of proper
repairs The pa-senger trains have run very
nearly on time for the la*t week, but a* they
are not hauling any passengers we presume
that they do not make the station stops, and
thus ha\c been cu*ses*ful in making up some
John Marshall, of Salt Lake City, a scab
machinist who has been here for nine months,
got six years at Folsom for forgery. He will
now ha\< a chance to repay the state what it
has cost us to take care of him. The scabs
here say they cannot earn their salt working
for the company, and they are very much dis
satisfied. Sacramento ha* become an un
healthy community for scab*, and some 1500
of them have left here within the last few
months, many of them carrying with them the
greeting* of the rebel army of Sacramento.
Fort Dodge.
The Gypsum fity is all to the merry, and the
Old llog is grunting in the same old rut, with
no relief possible until .he signs up with the
shop men's union. John llarnalian, the boiler
maker deserter, lias taken his kid to the ba.tile
with him The kid worked for a while before
the strike as an apprentice, but the old man
loved him so much that he wanted him branded
for life as a scab, and so he look him along
with him to the altars of disgrace. Trains are
running late and only a few of them are being
operated because of the lack of business.
Everything in the river city is to the good
for the strikers. Tht company hai had to in-'
crease the capacity of the dead tracks to make
room for the dead ones arriving. Freight en-1
lines are being used in passenger service out |
• <f here A man was injured here when the
engine on train N«*. 5 ran into him at the de
l*«.t A b<>x car jumped the track the other
day at bridge Junction and tore things up
Scabs are coming and going, none of them
-taying very long.
Hempste&d, Tex.
Iimip'tead a i'og » are as solid as ever. The
'tnkehrraker* are getting very nervous, as
they can now recognize the handwriting on
the wall. It is the same old song, but a good
• •lie Trains are running late, bad order cars
I and engine failures arc many, and the com
pany might as well admit it is whipped, for
n surely will he in the very near future.
(By VI. C. Jenkins)
We answered the call on Sept 30. 1911.
with 280 union men and 48 sympathizers. We
are standing today with but lew desertions
from our rank* and none from the sympath
izer.. We have fought this long-drawn-out
battle for our rights and decent working con
ditions under sanitary rules and at a just
compensation. And we stand today just as
wr did when we came out—insisting on a Eed
' (ration, fumigation and no compromise.
We have fought starvation, privation and
humiliation, we have stood together shoulder
to shoulder on the picket lines under adverse
weather conditions, we have gathered infor
mation, compiled it and kept other points in
formed as to the conditions here; we are con
tinuing to do the-e things and will do them
it it takes another year to win Federation
1 rmn the machinist,' organization we have
lost I llol-ingcr. U ni Dick, l otherhy, C.
Seeker and U ni Kantz
Dora the ear men's organization we have
lost M. O'Neil, S Green. Win Cos, II Ripp
lierger, J. kippherger, t. 'Bentz, .1 Kiedel,
Buck Richards, II. Setters, .1 Baker. II. I.or
en/e, M. tileason, J. Bach, 11. Muhr and Ed
bront the blacksmiths »c have lost only one
— Fred Snyder.
I'rum the boiler makers sc have lost Con
Sullivan and -- Powell.
From the painters—nont.
Prom the S. M. W.—none.
From the pipe fitters—none.
From the F. I. LT —none.
The boiler makers' helpers all stuck to the
1 l They are I Goodwin, M Marvin, II
Murphy, Jackson, O Bowers, J. Seiferman
I his makes a total of 24 union scabs, as the
others do not count. Of the home-grown
variety we have J \uc. E I- Evans, F Lichti,
D Khineliart. A Woolney, Arnold. F. llotts,
I Kippherger. T. Dernier, A llodenstine, F.
Harrison, Norton, ) Shearer, Faust, J Cotton,
l.ouis Kuhn. F. Stump. J. P. Stuckey, four
Dagoe», six Greeks, anil 13 niggers
Wrecks, collisions, derailments and delayed
trains have hern ami are ot daily occurrence
Freight moves when it can Important ship
ments have been delayed for day t, waiting
for motive power.
The I'. S government has 69 cases of viola
tions of hours v*f service which were trans
ferred to Chicago last week, and there are
numerous other eases of personal injury now
pending in the courts, on account of the in
competent scallics that have allowed defective
equipment to pas* without inspection or re
pair Other employe* have suffered penalties
on account of the defective equipment and in
ferior mechanics.
Recently 600 tons of coal and 13 cars were
lost and traffic tied up for 24 hours when a
defective brake beam dropped down on a
bridge and wrecked tin feet of the structure.
Now suppose this had happened to the pas
senger train that was following. Would they
have admitted defective equipment when they
reportrd the number of lives lost? We gucs«
not. The same old thread bare excuse would
have hern used—high water caused the rails
to spread
Another notable wreck just out of Freeport
was when No. 4 tor* up 700 feet of track near
Apple River and >u delayed about 30 hour*
And then again, when No. a. the Omaha
l.imited, went all over the country near
Everts and was delayed II hour s.
The next big wreck was when No. 8 and,
I.\t \\r*t Engine No 1361 locked horns with
7 a,)d the 15<iI lost a pair of cylinders.
1 he next was when No. 5‘s diner started
■across the country just west of Dubuque, la,
and landed on top of a bridge
Nearly every week the I C uses the C. G.
■ W tracks between here and Galena Junction
, ',r from here to the t (, \V. crossing near
i > hicago and then again the C. & N W. comes
I in mighty handy between here and Kockfurd
Next you hear that .10 cars of bananas were
ir-'/in at ( !niton on account of a failure of
the lli -lne power
Iwcnty three car* of fruit and merchandise
were ditched near Kappa, another one at
Warren, an engine was derailed near Apple
I Kiser, and another at Hillside.
Sixteen hundred class engines are rapidly
going to pieces Engines 11M1 and 88J were
burned. Two engines came together at Mon
1 trray street.
No. 402 arrived 30 minutes late and when
the tram stopped at the depot it was found
that one wheel had lost a tire, an axle wat
badly bent, and the floor of a car damaged
\nofhrr engine lost a truck at Monroe.
Wis„ and still another lost its side rods and
- delayed the north train. The engine on train
i stripped itself and stopped on center at
Coleman, ami had to wait until another en
| *4i,,r came along to help it out. This engine
also died before reaching Chicago and another
i had to he called on to get the train into town.
The engine on train No. t died at Scales
! Mound and when train No. 401 came along
the engine on it was pressed into sersice on
No t and No 401 had to wait until a freight
train came ah-ng so the same trick could be
played on the freight train.
' t)nc of the 1600 class was burned at the
- t cdarville bridge crossing. Yard engines took
I charge of the train and stored it away.
i The west end wrecker stuck in tiie tunnel
j at East Dubuque w hile going to a w reck at
I Portage Another w reck took place at Grant
. engine wa» derailed in the tunnel The
west end wrecker was derailed at Portage
while going to a wreck at Galena. These little
I incidents are all fresh in your memory, as they
happened right in or nrar Freeport.
Frank ATc.Mann has filed suit t.-r 861.00000
'for the loss of both his arms while fixing a
defectise brake beam on his train a* Amboy.
The cinder pit man at Dubuque, !a„ has
filed suit for 830.000 00 for injuries sustained
while trying to couple cars with defective ap
pliance*. and there are thousand* of other I
claims that you never hear of in the paper*,
such as those arising from the wreck at Kin
niundy and Melvin, III, San Antonio, Tex.
Mont? I.a. and hundreds of other wrecks that
you never hear of, where hundreds of people
are killed and injured and millions of dollars'
are lost to the shippers and patrons of the
delapidated old railroad
It seem* that the stockholders like to be
flim-flammed, not being satisfied with the
mulcting they got in the car repair graft when
they paid for side doors and roofs for their;
coal and flat cars and side stakes for their
box car*
And then we were forced to go on strike
Now >011, Air Merchants, who have stood
haek with your hands in your pockets and!
allowed things to follow their own course*. ;
ha* the l ( ever kept its promises to you’.
Pr- mi*e* of better train service, new depot* I
and train sheds’ We guess not Go down
and take a look ami see if the old red depot'
with Its patched platform is not there the
same as ever, and then remember that when
the company had 60 or 70 thugs, cut throat*
and scum of the universe housed in its bull
pen with gum-shoe thug* a* guards, did you
ever get an order for supplies’ No: they sent'
to ('hicago for what they wanted You could
get yotirs wherever yon found them
And next. we. the union men of Freeport,
have supported your store and a great many
of us own our own homes and are taxpayers
the same as you
And we have done all we could toward* -
patroniring our home merchants, for ss we
•ncceed you are successful, and we all enjoy I
Coder scab rule, the scab* work when they
are «- her, spend their money in Chicago, pay
no taxes, and mooch all they can.
.And when this strike is finally settled you
can come out of your hole and pat us on the
hark and Say “I knew you would win if you
stuck," while the ta*te of the snow sails upon
which we have existed for thr past two win
ters, is still rank in our mouths. The luke
! warm appreciation you have shown for our
-taiularil of principles and morals is like falling
"if the Mephenson street bridge in January.
Our many mends who have stuck by us in
the hour of nerd and in our trials and tribula
i lions will all be remembered, and those who
I have opposed us will also be remembered.
As the old saying is, it's a long road that
, lias no turns, and the I. C. is getting close
J to the end.
\Ye do not claim that all union men are an
gels, hut we do claim that union principles
| w ill do more toward making better citiscns
land elevating mankind than the strike-break
ing agency.
The cornerstones of our organisations are:
f riendship, charity, unity and true brotherly
love, our guide the Supreme Ruler of the
Universe, our aims decent working conditions
under sanitary regulations and a Just compen
sation for what we do.
Central City, Ky.
(By J. F. Robarbs.)
In September. 1911, the shop men responded
to the call of the strike, and all the rest of
us. with the exception of Ihe Mason brother*
who were working in the capacity of cterks
here Since that time we have had only one
desertion from our ranks, leaving us 90 of the
21 who walked out. Within the first three
days of the strike, ii dagoes arrived here with
72 guards. However, when they were placed
at work, they informed the foreman that they
had not come to work, but only to break the
strike. After remaining for thirty days they
were sent home, and the company hired the
whisky soaks and vagrants of the streets. Af
ter is was found that this element was useless
a- far as getting any work out of them was
v 'iicerned. the company's emissaries were sent
■ut t" appeal to the country boys. They told
them of the big money the company would
pay, the life-time jobs they would get, and
a!-" of the pleasures of the city, but the few
who were induced to come, soon found out
that the enns-ary cry and the life-time jub
were only a dream, l ater, they attempted to
-ue the company for making false promises,
hut as this was not feasible, they had to de
part. a -adder and wiser aggregation of plow
For nine months after the inception of the
-trike not a passenger train was inspected. Of
laic, a feeble attempt has been made to inspect
them by an element that could not tell a hot
box from a draw bar. Since the strike, the
company has nude an effort to have the strik
ers run out of town Landlords were asked
to put u- out of their houses. Attempts were
made to lure us to points where they could
black-jack us. but the nearest they came to this
»as when the waiter took five shots at a fel
low who undertook to do some black-jacking.
Later wc were informed to make our getaway
or -nme trimming would he done with iron
r. d-. but when they are ready to play this part,
they will tind the rebel army right here on
the job.
The g.<"d u-ed to die voung, now they live
to keep the lactones running.
Honesty is the hest policy, but the cash
register takes no one for granted.
Fat, drink and be metry, for tomorrow your
credit may be cut off.
W hen a man complains because a machine
has cut "ff his finger the boss thinks that he
has no sense of humor. y.
Bryan will now have a chance to till up
st-ite documents with what he doesn't know.
No one is in doubt as to what the English
sufftagette wants—Coming Nation.
This is. they say. a world of chance,
Hut really, at a pinch,
You'll have to own you have bee t shov-n
S- me folks who have a cinch.—Coming
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